Phil Smartt Has The Experience In County Government We Need

Thursday, March 20, 2014

We are long time residents of District 7 and have known Phil Smartt and his family for many, many years.  During those years, we watched as he served the community in various capacities from the School Board to the Water Treatment Board.  We know he worked hard to build bridges between members of our community at large during those years.  

Phil has the pro-business background and experience in county government that we need.  He understands that high taxes can drive businesses and opportunities from our area and he has stated such.  He is pro education and as a past member of the School Board understands the needs of our educational system. 

Despite what others may claim about annexation, which we watched as it unfolded and collapsed, it was Phil's experience in local government that led to his understanding of the singular weakness of the city's argument for annexation that doomed the effort.  A weakness he used to help defeat the city's proposal and protect the residents of District 7.  He is also solidly behind the proposed State bill that would allow citizens to vote on future annexations. 

In addition, his stance on the $100K allotted to commissioners as discretionary spending is most commendable.  Since discretionary spending can, on occasion, lead to public corruption, he has elected to allow a third party to control the expenditure of those funds, something no other candidate has yet opted to do. 

In our opinion, Phil Smartt is an honest, hard working individual with the necessary skills and experience to benefit our community in the years ahead.  There is no other candidate in District 7 more capable or prepared for service in the community than he is.

Tom & Sherlly Tosh
Chattanooga




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